I was teaching a Sunday School class for teenagers recently and mentioned in passing that God sings and when we sing we reflect part of his character. I received a number of confused looks from the teens present. Now my lesson wasn’t specifically on that point and my mention of it was by way of illustration, so I moved on. However, I think I’m going to revisit that briefly with them soon to help them see this important truth better. In addition, my other thought was that other Christians may have never heard this either, so here is a verse which demonstrates God as singing. Continue reading
Many news outlets have reported that Pope Francis wants to change the translation of the Lord’s Prayer. Specifically, he objects that “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13) makes it seem like the Lord leads us to sin.
With all due respect, I strongly believe he is wrong. The pope said, “That is not a good translation.” Actually, it is an excellent translation as you’ll see in this article. Continue reading
As we saw in Genesis 1:26-27, God made man and woman on day 6 of creation. In Genesis 2, we get more details of how the creation of woman came about. At this point, God has created everything except the woman. So every creature has a mate, except for Adam.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (Gen. 2:18-20)
God created all things, so He makes the rules. God gave Adam the responsibility for the whole garden. Adam could eat whatever he liked, except for one thing.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Gen. 2:16-17)
Sometimes, God’s restrictions don’t make sense to us. As a matter of fact, we’re not sure why God gave this restriction. However, God does not have to explain Himself. After all, He’s God! Continue reading
We often get the idea that work is a bad thing. However, God didn’t create work to be that way. In the Garden of Eden, Adam had work responsibilities.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Gen. 2:15)
Notice first that God put Adam in the garden. God was the One Who created work. As we saw in the previous verses, God made everything good, so work must be good. In Genesis 3, work became difficult due to sin, but work itself was created by God to be good for mankind. God made human beings to be productive.